One hundred thirty-one Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) students, the most in the school's history, have been named Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College Board for 2019. Five students, also the most in the school's history, were named AP National Scholars, 35 were named AP Scholars with Distinction, 36 were named AP Scholars with Honor and 60 were named AP Scholars.
Class of 2019 graduates Gulzar Berdimuratova, Adam Friedman, Derek Nam, Alex Prusky and Kendra Tse were named AP National Scholars. To be named an AP National Scholar, a student must earn an average score of at least 4.0 on all AP exams taken and a score of 4.0 or higher on eight or more of these exams. AP exams are scored 1.0 through 5.0.
AP Scholars with Distinction
The five National Scholars were also named AP Scholars with Distinction. Scholars with Distinction must score an average of 3.5 on all AP exams taken and earn scores of 3.0 or higher on five or more of the exams. Other AP Scholars with Distinction in the Class of 2019 include, Spencer Berg, David Brucker, Owen Butler, Gillian Conner, Zaina Fairey, Emma Fayocavitz, Brendan Flanagan, Keegan Gallagher, David Garcia, Allison Helferty, Emily Hoang, Julia Kaplan, Hana Kenworthy, Jessica Margulies, Devon Moore, Namita Rao, Kennedy Reardon, Rebecca Richards, Ava Rosen, Lily Scharff, Anna Schick, Daniel Sklaroff, Sarnia Smith, Andrew Stricklin, Ethan Trinh, Richard Veon, Cara Waite and Steve Zepeda. Members of the Class of 2020 named AP Scholars with Distinction are Anastasia Cwietniewicz and Aryaa Moudgal.
AP Scholars with Honor
AP Scholars with Honor must average at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and 3.0 or higher on four or more of the exams. Scholars with honor in the Class of 2019 include, Ashley Ajuz, Ashley Amon, Jamie Ash, Ally Bukstel, Lauren Cosgrave, Maggie Coyle, Seth Elkins, Alexandra Friedberg, Dominic Fulginiti, Michaela Gerner, Jeffrey Johnson, Samuel Krause, Jena Lui, Maximus Madonna, Sanaan Mehmood, Sydney Mellio, Ainsley Nugent, Julia Olzewski, Rebecca Porter, Ava Redding, Sara Rocchino, Matthew Symnoski, Audrey Trainor, Jessica Valentine, Andrew Yang and Jonathan Zhang. AP Scholars in the Class of 2020 include, Justin Adler, Fatima Al-Sammak, Benjamin Felgoise, Aubrey Manas, Courtney Patterson, Samantha Suchsland, Patrick Wainwright and Max Wittenberg. Alexander Szperka, a member of the Class of 2021, is also an AP Scholar with Honor.
AP Scholars must score 3.0 or higher on three or more AP exams. Twenty-six members of the Class of 2019 achieved that honor including, Lily Acquaviva, Elena Alvarez, Allison Beausoleil, Daymond Bonsall, Desmond Brock, Ryan Cabrera, Ethan Cohen, Jack Daufenbach, Mary DiGiovine, Brokke Dunoff, Nick Fiddler, Kayla Kaufman, Alicia Khatchadourian, Samuel Klein, Derek Koziol, Nicole Laudenbach, Grace Lipkin, Layla Petersen, Alexis Petrakis, Felix Raimondo, Scott Paige, Saimon Shrestha, David Siegfried, Sadie Stein, Josephine Tassoni and Alaina Van Wie. AP Scholars in the Class of 2020 include, Tara Al-Saleen, Marcaela Allen, Hope Barrist, Nicholas Bell, Lauren Blaszczak, Ohm Boghara, Sydney Borislow, Jared Cohen, Jacob Davis, Jack Derfler, Melissa Ely, Melissa Flaks, Megan Flanagan, Jessica Frangiosa, Jordyn Goldring, Aaron Goldstein, Mollie Hamaday, Rachel Kalani, Jonah Kaufman, Conor Keogh, Sofia Lepore, Kayla Link, Benjamin Lubas, Cade Missimer, Madelynne O'Brien, Skyla-Ann Ruck, Nathan Sfida, Casey Sharpe, Noah Shubin, Rachel Sterling, Nicole Tier, Jake Valentine and Christopher Wi. Eli Lubin, a member of the Class of 2021, is also an AP Scholar.
Last May, 336 PWHS students took a total of 630 AP exams. More than 90 percent earned a score of 3.0 or higher. A score of 3.0 or higher is considered success on an AP exam as it represents the score point that research finds predictive of college success and college graduation.
PWHS offers more Advanced Placement courses than most public and private high schools in the region. Based on AP exam participation and performance, The Washington Post has annually ranked PWHS among the most challenging high schools in Pennsylvania and the nation. In the past 11 years, PWHS has had 1039 AP Scholars, including 292 AP Scholars with Distinction and 24 AP National Scholars.